Graduation

Congratulations to our students graduating in July 2018. The graduation ceremonies are a time to recognise and celebrate our student's achievements. The graduation ceremonies are a formal and prestigious event and will take place on the following dates and times:

Monday 30 July 2018

  • 10.00am Guildhall School of Business and Law
  • 1.00pm School of Human Sciences
  • 3.45pm School of Computing and Digital Media

Tuesday 31 July 2018

  • 10.00am School of Social Professions
  • 1.00pm School of Social Sciences
  • 3.45pm Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

Information regarding booking your place at the graduation ceremony will be sent from the 4 July 2018. It is not possible to book without this information, as it is unique to each graduate. Any graduate or student who considers that they should have received this information but has not after allowing a reasonable period of time may email ceremony@londonmet.ac.uk.

The graduation ceremonies will take place at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS. Please see the 'Venue' section below for directions and further details.

Students who have been awarded by the University Awards Board on Monday 2 July will be invited to the graduation ceremonies.

If you have been awarded after Monday 9 July 2018, or could potentially be awarded during the period up to November 2018, you will be invited to attend the ceremony on 3 December 2018. (This also applies to graduates who have been taught at partner institutions who have been awarded since mid-November 2018 or potentially may be awarded by 5 November 2018.)

To order your academic dress, (gown, hood and hat), photography and tickets please visit:https://www.edeandravenscroft.com/graduation-services
Please note this link will not be active until Wednesday 4 July 2018.

Academic dress is required if you wish to attend the graduation ceremony. Any queries relating to the hiring of the academic dress should be put directly to Ede & Ravenscroft customer service, telephone 01223 861854. The University cannot answer any questions on this matter. Please note you can only order your gown/photography online if you have been awarded.

Photography

All photography for the occasion is organised and carried out in studios in the Barbican Centre (not within the main hall) by to Ede & Ravenscroft. Photography is ordered at the same time when you order your gown and guest tickets.

Guest Tickets

Guest tickets cost £30 per person. Anyone over the age of two years must have their own seat and therefore their own ticket at the standard charge.

You may initially purchase for up to a maximum of 4 tickets. If additional tickets become available, after the initial booking deadline, we will email you. Please note tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

We appreciate that if you and/or your guests are coming from outside the EU to attend the awards ceremony then you may require a visa to enter the UK. For information about Visitor's Visas please see www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/visiting.

The University does not issue any special documentation in connection with visa applications to attend the Awards Ceremonies. You are advised to contact the Student Hubs if you require a letter confirming the dates of your graduation ceremony.

Please note that the University has no information as to who your guests may be and are not responsible for any visa applications you submit in respect of your guests, but you may use your invitation letter as evidence of why you want them to come to the UK.

TheBarbican Centre is in central London and is easily accessible by rail, underground and road. A map of the immediate area, clear directions and parking information are helpfully provided by the Barbican Centre on their website.

It is always worth checking the travel conditions in London before starting your journey and Transport for London (TfL) maintains a very good website with all the latest travel information.

Remember that if you are driving into central London you may have to pay the congestion charge. You can get more information about the London congestion charge.

It is highly recommended that you arrive at the Barbican Centre about 1 hour and 30 minutes before your ceremony is due to commence. This will give you time to collect your gown and hat and to have your photograph taken. There will be queues for both - and to ensure you and your guests know where you each need to go and to get there on time.

Upon Arrival

You should aim to arrive about one hour and 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony.

When you first arrive at the Barbican Centre's Silk Street entrance, please register at the Registration Desk, which is located on the Stalls Floor (Level -1).

Registration Desk - The Registration Desk will open 1 hour and 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony. Join the queue appropriate to your last name to register, collect your graduate seat ticket, any guest tickets and your presentation card (without these you will not be able to enter the hall). Please keep your presentation card with you at all times.

Collect your gown - From the Registration Desk turn to face where you entered the Stalls floor. In the far left corner is the gowning area. You will be assisted to put on your academic dress correctly.

Cloakroom - We recommend you check in your coats and bags as soon as you can.

Photography - Once you have registered and collected your gown, you can have your photographs taken, which is located on the floor above (Level G, Ground Floor)

It's better to have your photograph taken before your ceremony if you have arrived in time to do so - but you must get to your seat in the main hall in good time before your ceremony is due to start.

If you or your guests have any special requirements, you should inform the Awards Team of these during the booking process. Please note that graduates normally ascend and descend the stage via a short set of steps. If this is problematic, please email us at ceremony@londonmet.ac.uk immediately and we can make alternative arrangements.

The Barbican has produced a very detailed Access Guide.

The Awards Ceremony is a formal and celebratory occasion and we understand that graduates may wish to enjoy the day with their family. The duration of the ceremony is normally around one hour and 30 minutes. We do ask for graduates and guests to respect their fellow peers and to remain seated until the ceremony has finished.

Young children may become restless and cause some disruption to those seated nearby, in which case we would advise exiting the main hall. There are multiple television screens in the foyer outside the main hall, where the ceremony is televised, and children and their carers are welcome to use this area. Please note there are is no creche or child-minding facilities at the Barbican Centre.

Any child over the age of two years old will require a ticket. There are no concession prices and tickets are checked by staff prior to entering the main hall.

Many graduates and their families will wish to purchase a recording of their graduation ceremony. This will be available to buy on DVD or in high definition on a USB key, or as a digital download. These will be produced separately for each ceremony, showing your complete graduation ceremony. These will be provided by a company called mygraduationfilm.com which is responsible for filming, production, enquiries and sales.

You may order online or by post before or after the ceremony, or you may order at the ceremony. Normally, orders may be collected on the spot within an hour of the end of the ceremony, digital downloads will be forwarded in the form of a link. However, if you want your DVD to be posted, we recommend that you order on the day of your ceremony by visiting the sales desk at the Barbican, as for orders submitted at the desk the UK postage and packing charge will be waived and an equivalent reduction will be applied to the worldwide postage and packing charge. These discounts do not apply to orders submitted in other ways. Twin packs (family packs) are available at a substantially reduced rate.

The company's website is www.mygraduationfilm.com and email enquiries should be directed to enquiries@mygraduationfilm.com

Certificates are not issued at the graduation ceremonies. They are usually posted together with your transcript, normally within 6 weeks of the conferral of your award, which is the date of the University Awards Board. Please ensure your contact details are correct on the system and make any amendments on Evision.

When booking you must agree to the Terms and Conditions of which one is "I understand that once booked tickets are neither refundable nor transferable."

However if after booking tickets you find that you/your guests will not be able to attend, please contact us and explain the circumstances and if this is prior to your seat/ticket allocation (two and half weeks before the ceremony) we may try to reallocate the seats.

The Winter Ceremony will take place on Monday 3 December 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

We do advise that graduates arrive at the Barbican Centre 1 hour and 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

We appreciate that for a variety of reasons, graduates can be delayed. If you do arrive late, staff will make every effort to accommodate you. However, we stress that if you arrive after the ceremony has commenced, to avoid disruption, your entry to the hall will be delayed until an appropriate point in the ceremony and you may not be located in your correct seat, and it may not be possible for you to process across the stage.

There is just one ATM machine in the Barbican Centre and payment for extra guest tickets will be cash only money. We strongly recommend that you bring cash with you.

You can only defer by one ceremony, so if you are meant to be graduating in July and you cannot make this, you will be added to the waiting list for December. Please note we cannot guarantee this, as this is subject to availability.

Yes, this is compulsory, and you will be required to order your gown, hood and hat when you are confirming your attendance.

The Barbican Centre has a number of restaurants and cafes providing a good range of food and beverages.

Guest tickets cost £30 per person. Anyone over the age of two years must have their own seat and therefore their own ticket at the standard charge.

You may purchase 4 guest tickets in the first instance, however, if additional tickets become available and you have requested additional tickets at the time of your initial booking, we will contact you. Additional tickets may also be sold on the day, however, this is subject to availability.

It is estimated that the ceremony will last around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Students who have been awarded by the University Awards Board on Monday 2nd July will be invited to the graduation ceremonies.

If you have been awarded after Monday 9 July 2018, or could potentially be awarded during the period up to November 2018, you will be invited to attend the ceremony on December 2018. (This also applies to graduates who have been taught at partner institutions who have been awarded since mid-November 2017 or potentially may be awarded by 5 November 2017.) If you hope to be awarded during 2018, please be aware of the following points:

  • If you do not keep your contact details up to date you will not receive an invitation, which would mean you cannot book your place at the ceremony. If you have not booked your place at the ceremony by the deadline you will not be able to attend.
  • We formally advise you not to make any commitments, for example, travel or hotel arrangements, before you have successfully booked to attend your awards ceremony.
  • If you have a tuition fee debt you will not be eligible to attend the ceremony and will therefore not be invited until you have cleared the debt.

As this is a formal event we suggest graduates and guests are be smartly dressed.

Membership of the Alumni Association is open to all graduates and former staff of London Metropolitan University (including graduates and former staff from the University of North London, London Guildhall University, City of London Polytechnic, Polytechnic of North London, and all other predecessor institutions).

There are some 170,000 graduates of London Metropolitan University in the UK and around the world. The Alumni Association gives graduates the opportunity to keep in touch with former classmates and teachers and regularly informs graduates of developments at the University. It can also be of assistance in graduates' personal and professional development.

The Awards Ceremonies Brochure celebrates and records the achievements of London Metropolitan University graduates.

The Brochure is available without charge to all graduates and will be available to you when you register. Graduates are grouped in the brochure according to school, award/course title and award classification.

For a variety of reasons, some graduates are awarded late in the academic cycle. As a result, they may not be included in the brochure, however, we do make every effort to include the name of every graduate.

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